Ontario College Certificate in Culinary Skills
Formerly named: Chef Training
Discover your culinary career path.
In our one-year (two-semester) Culinary Skills certificate program you will learn how to:
- apply basic food and bake theories to all aspects of food preparation
- contribute to a healthy, safe and well-maintained food service environment
- apply principals of nutrition to all aspects of food production
- understand food cost control techniques
- work effectively as a member of a food service team
- apply the self-management skills to contribute to the success of a food service operation
Why Choose Fleming
You will acquire foundation culinary skills in small classes, supported by expert faculty who will help you to decide what career path best suits your interests and passion.
If you have college or university credits, or OYAP experience, you qualify for advanced standing in the program. We will work with you to create a customized learning plan that will get you to your culinary career sooner.
During your studies you will be required to complete a minimum 80-hour in-school practicum. This workplace experience will provide you with the opportunity to practice the theories and skills you have been studying in the program.
Upon successful completion of Fleming's Culinary Skills certificate program, you will have a number of options. You can:
- seek entry-level employment as a cook or assistant cook in a restaurant, hotel, catering or institutional food setting
- choose a working apprenticeship with the goal of writing the Provincial Trade of Cook Certificate of Qualification examination
- apply your Culinary Skills certificate towards advanced standing, and complete Fleming's Culinary Management Program with one more year of study.
With more experience and training in the field, you can work towards a career as a sous-chef, chef de cuisine, specialist chef or executive chef.
Minimum Admission Requirements
- OSSD with the majority of credits at the College (C) and Open (O) level, including 2 College (C) English courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12)
When (C) is the minimum course level for admission, (U) or (U/C) courses are also accepted.
If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission.
* Students starting in January are required to attend classes over the summer semester.
Students should be in good physical and mental health. Independent physical mobility and manual dexterity are essential in cooking. If you have any medical concerns, you are strongly advised to discuss your concerns with the program co-ordinator, and to consult your doctor. Students are strongly urged to obtain vaccination against Hepatitis B prior to the practical component of the program.
Plan on $1,000 for first semester books and supplies and $600 for the second semester.